ECGTN Early Stage Researcher
Goldman Sachs International, London. Simone Hirschvogl is a PhD student at the University of Vienna where she has also worked as a research assistant (in the group of Prof. Zechner) and taught an undergraduate course on corporate governance and value creation. From 2004 to 2006 Simone completed the CCEFM doctoral program in finance which is taught by international leading scholars and can only be accessed by a limited number of students. During the same time Simone also was enrolled at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, where she took a postgraduate diploma on “Quantitative Finance”.

From 1999 to 2004 Simone completed her undergraduate degree in International Business Administration at the University of Vienna. Her master thesis empirically addressed the nature of good corporate governance in Germany (Advisor: Prof. Gugler) and subsequently she also wrote a paper jointly with Prof. Drobetz and Prof. Gugler on the same subject. During her undergraduate degree Simone completed an exchange year at the University of Birmingham, UK. Up do this date Simone has also received many awards for her work. She was awarded two times a scholarship for high academic results at the University of Vienna; from the University of Birmingham she received the “Sir Adrian Cadbury Prize” for the best performance in the corporate governance module; and in recognition of her master thesis she received the “Corporate Governance Prize” from the Austrian Association for Financial Analysis and Management. Her current research interests include the relation between cash holdings and corporate governance.